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Riverside ice skating is back for winter 2008-2009

Reno’s Rink on the River recently started service, just in time for visitors looking for some High Sierra holiday spirit.

The rink is open to the public and is located at the Mapes Plaza in downtown Reno, right along the resort-casino corridor and adjacent to the Reno Christmas tree.

Skate rentals are available and there is plenty of hot chocolate to keep warm between laps.


View a larger map of the Rink on the River

Big Reno Show a must-see for firearms, memorabilia collectors

BIG RENO SHOW BUCKLE copyFirearms, Wild West memorabilia and antique enthusiasts will pour into Reno on Nov. 21-23 for the Big Reno Show at the Grand Sierra Resort, a celebration of firearms spanning the ages from antique to modern.

With 1 ½ acres of exhibitor space, it is one of the biggest shows in the west. Beyond the guns – including everything from rifles and pistols to shotguns – vendors will be selling knives, antiques, books, Native American artifacts, clothing and accessories. Shooters can also get a great deal on bulk ammo.

The Big Reno Show is a great Reno tradition, so come check it out. For more information on what to do in Reno-Tahoe while you’re here, check out www.visitrenotahoe.com.

New Reno-Tahoe event targets Baby Boomers

baby_boomers_logoWEBA new event in Reno promises a good time for Baby Boomers, who will converge on the region March 27-29, 2009 for the first Baby Boomers Festival. Organizers are hopeful a successful first year will turn into an annual event.

Over the three-day weekend, great speakers and activities including dancing, wine tasting, friendly athletic competitions and live entertainment will encourage mixing and mingling. A convention will also feature exhibits designed to appeal to this growing demographic – there are currently around 78 million Baby Boomers in the USA.

While there are several singles-oriented events planned for the festival, there is plenty planned to keep everyone, including couples and groups, entertained. Some of the events include:

  • National Flirting Contest
  • Dance lessons
  • Baby Boomers Ball
  • Bowling contests
  • An astrological matchmaking party
  • Speed-dating
  • Other possible events include: skiing, dancing, cooking, tennis and running

Accommodations: The Silver Legacy is offering special price of only $99 plus taxes/fees, for early bird reservation. They will be eligible and entered into a drawing for a complimentary two-night stay in a spa suite. Call 1-800-687-8733 toll-free and use our group code of 2009BBP to take advantage of the special rate.

Make your reservations today to make the first Baby Boomers Festival in Reno-Tahoe a success.

Video: Onboard during the 2008 Sagebrush Cyclocross series

The 2008 Sagebrush Cyclocross Series came to Dorothy McAlinden Park north of Reno this weekend. Local cycling enthusiast Mike Henderson strapped a camera on rider Shawn O’Meara for a point of view look at the course and the competition. Check it out:



Events like the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series, run by O’Meara, are part of a rich cycling culture in Reno-Tahoe. Check out the Reno Wheelmen site or visitrenotahoe.com for more local cycling information.

Sierra mountaineering visionary honored for achievements

Local mountaineering legend Bela Vadasz was recently honored with an American Mountain Guides Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Vadasz, who owns Alpine Skills International training school in Truckee, Calif. with wife Mimi, is a pioneer in mountaineering and is responsible for creating standards for the mountaineering community both in the U.S. and abroad.

Craig Dostie writes about the achievement for Wildsnow.com.

Reno-Tahoe is rich in art

Reno-Tahoe is more than a basecamp for outdoor adventure or a hub for casino gaming. The region also boasts a rich history from its Native American roots to its foundation during the frontier days of the western expansion.

Today, ties to the past are reflected in many of the region’s 31 museums, while an active community of enthusiasts continues to position Reno-Tahoe on the cutting edge of art. Here’s a sample of the area’s diverse offerings:

  • Nevada Museum of Art
    Divided into five focus areas, the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, consists of over 1,900 works of art organized around the general themes of land and environment. The museum also features traveling exhibitions.
  • Nevada State Museum
    The Nevada State Museum, Carson City, engages diverse audiences in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. Exhibits include a replica walk-through mine and ghost town, the Carson City Mint, and Native American displays.
  • National Automobile Museum
    The National Automobile Museum, Reno, displays approximately 175 cars, many of which came from gaming magnate William F. Harrah’s famous collection. The collection’s stars include the 1907 Thomas Flyer, winner of the 1908 New York to Paris race. Other vehicles appear in rotation on the museum’s “streets” in three galleries.
  • Fourth Ward School Museum
    Abandoned to the elements, the Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, seemed doomed until it was resurrected in 1986, 50 years after the school closed its doors. Since that time hundreds of thousands of visitors have made their way to the school celebrate Virginia City’s glorious past as a frontier town during the gold and silver boom.
  • Wilbur D. May Museum
    The Wilbur D. May Museum, Reno, features the accumulated trinkets and treasures from more than 30 trips and safaris the eccentric son of a department store magnate made in the 1920s and 1930s. Since May rarely collected just one of anything, cases are crammed with T’ang Dynasty animals and African masks; hundreds of Oriental miniatures, dozens of pistols and rifles. Gobelin tapestries and Navajo rugs are among objects decorating the walls.
  • Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada
    The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, Carson City, is dedicated to providing education and entertainment to children ages 2 and up and families through exhibits and programs that focus on the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.
  • Nevada State Railroad Museum
    The Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, preserves the railroad heritage of Nevada, including locomotives and cars of the famous Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Much of the museum equipment was obtained from Hollywood studios, where they were often featured in movies and television.
    Museum activities consist of operation of historic railroad equipment, including train rides, handcar rides, lectures, an annual railroad history symposium, changing exhibits, and a variety of special events.

Click here for a complete Reno-Tahoe museum listings, or tell us about your favorite Reno-Tahoe museum in the comment section.

Sparks whitewater kayak park preview

Most people still don’t understand why I choose to spend SO much time in Reno, NV. Until they come to visit all I can do is tell them about the awesome outdoor community and the easy access to outdoor amenities.

This week just downstream of the current whitewater park (the Truckee River Whitewater Park in downtown Reno) another was completed (the Truckee River Whitewater Park at Rock Park in Sparks). Though it is still not officially open I had the chance to test out the new features – and yes I got to be the first (there has to be some perks to being the world champ). This is the kind of park you want to bring your kids to: a picnic on the grass, swimming in the deep eddies.

I know I’ll be spending heaps of time here in the near future as they’ve managed to build a nice little wave for me to train on – thank you Jim and Mike!

- Re-post courtesy of world champion kayaker Ruth Gordon

Check out this video of Ruth on the wave of  “Double D,” one of the park features:

Pro Wakeboard Tour stops at Sparks Marina

The MasterCraft  Pro Wakeboard Tour is coming to Sparks for the final stop of the 2008 season July 11-13. The sport’s top pros have one more chance at the podium before the final awards ceremony at John Ascuaga’s Nugget on the 13th.

The action will be held at the Sparks Marina, with athletes from more than 20 states and seven nations.

Event schedule:
Friday, July 11

  • 10 am: Jr. Men Quarterfinals
  • Noon-4 pm: Pro Men Qualifying

Saturday, July 12

  • 8:30 am: Pro Women QualifyingS
  • 10:30 am: Jr. Men Semifinals
  • 12:30 pm: Pro Women Semifinals
  • 1:30pm-4:30 pm: Pro Men Round of 30

Sunday, July 13

  • 10 am: Pro Men Quarterfinals
  • Noon: Jr. Men Finals
  • 1 pm: Pro Men Semifinals
  • 2 pm: Pro Women Finals
  • 3-3:30 pm: Pro Men Finals
  • TBA: Awards Ceremony

* Schedule is subject to change

Among the awards being presented at the Nugget is the Indmar Performance Award, a $10,000 cash bonus to the top points earner in the Pro Men’s Division and a $5,000 prize for the Pro Women’s Division winner.

Rookie of the Year honors for the Pro Men’s Division will also be presented during the ceremony.

Reno River Festival rolls in for 2008!

The Reno River Festival starts today with registration and preparation for the main events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The festival keeps getting better every year with a visitor-expo, great concessions and a rockin’ good time in the Northern Nevada Sun. This year the festival is introducing some new events like the Run Amuck race, whitewater clinics and more. Check out the festival Web site here, and watch a video interview with organizer Jim Litchfield (produced by the Tahoe World newspaper).

Get some spring turns before it’s too late

Spring skiingLocals refer to it as the “shoulder season” in the Sierra Nevada, the time between peak winter ski tourism and summer fun on Lake Tahoe’s beaches. But here’s a local secret: Some of the best (and least expensive) skiing happens in Spring.
This year started off strong with a flurry of cold storms that brought powder days and a large snowpack for the Sierra’s dozen-or-so resorts. Now that temperatures are in the 60s at higher altitude, the deep base is paying dividends of spring corn combined with good coverage.
Come up to the mountains for a visit to Reno-Tahoe, enjoy some of the best spring conditions we’ve had in years and take advantage of shoulder season travel deals. Check out our resorts page and plan your trip before it’s too late.